Middletown offering free trees to residents. Here’s how to get one.

Middletown is providing 260 free trees to residents through the Community Canopy Project, an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps expand the tree canopies of cities and towns across the United States. STAFF FILE PHOTO
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Middletown is providing 260 free trees to residents through the Community Canopy Project, an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps expand the tree canopies of cities and towns across the United States. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Middletown’s tree population is about to grow.

The city is providing 260 free trees to residents through the Community Canopy Project, an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps expand the tree canopies of cities and towns across the United States, according to a press release.

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Additionally, the trees provide a multitude of community benefits including air absorption, water filtration, carbon capture and energy conservation along with helping homeowners lower energy bills through strategic planting, according to the press release.

Middletown residents can reserve their free trees starting today at www.arborday.org/takingroot. An online tool helps participants plant trees in the most strategic location near their homes or business leading to the maximum environmental impact and helping estimate the annual money savings that will result from planting the trees, the city said.

Residents can reserve one tree and are expected to care for and plant them in the location suggested by the online tool, according to the release.

The types of trees offered include:

• Brandywine Redmaple

• Autumn Blaze Maple

• Swamp White Oak

• Forest Pansy Redbud

• Black Tupelo

• Bur Oak

• Dawn Redwood

• London Plane tree

• Royal Raindrops Crab

The Community Canopy Project online tree reservations for Middletown will continue until tree pick up days, which are:

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20

• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21

Pick up for both days will be on the west side of Smith Park, behind the Light Up Middletown building.

“Not only does this project help beautify our city’s landscape, it also provides immense environmental benefits and can help our residents save money on their energy bills,” said City Manager Doug Adkins.